Why the Huddle?
This Huddle exists to help each other increase our personal and collective capacity for well-being. We want to practice inside and outside of this group so that we can bring about a more peaceful, just, and compassionate world.
A few things about the Huddle:
- It’s Ours. As we build this community together, this platform offers some great features to create deeper conversations, to learn from each other and for online or in-real-life events. Plus, by building this community away from social media, we can have a more efficient and valuable experience together.
- We Can Bring Together Content and Community. This means we’re freed up to bring you fresh ideas and new practices that you can take into your daily life.
What We Hope Happens With This Group
- To continue with our sincere, honest, and open discussions.
- Make better, more well-informed decisions about the things that are most important to us as individuals and as a community.
- Swap stories, experiences, and ideas (not necessarily advice) around our shared mission.
- Please share any hopes you might have for yourself, the group or your broader community.
To make this a reality, we’re going to need your help. Every time you contribute a story, experience, or idea, you’re building a knowledge base every member of this community can tap to make better decisions.
Please feel free to invite one person (or more) to the group. By doing so, you’re adding to what this community can accomplish together. It’s why we’re here and why we’re grateful you’re here with us as well.
We need your help to keep the Huddle authentic, honest, courageous, and sincere as possible.
Here are our guidelines:
Use “I” Statements.
To “me” it looks like…
Is that true? Am I getting that right?
Share Generously. Your stories and experiences may be exactly what another member needs to hear today to solve a problem or seize an opportunity.
Ask Questions & Be Curious. We want to have as much open dialogue as possible so please be curious and explore your thoughts, ideas, and conundrums by asking engaging questions.
Give People the Benefit of the Doubt. If you’re unsure of the intentions of someone else or don’t quite understand what they said, please ask them before you jump to conclusions! We want to model the behaviours and the world we wish to see and one place that starts is with non-judgemental loving compassion.
Cross Talk. In our larger group sharing, please try to avoid “cross talk”. This means directing your comments at someone specifically or naming them in your share.
You might say something along the lines of “In our breakout, we discussed _____”.
I really enjoyed what people shared about _______.
Outside Issues. Please keep outside issues, outside :). We don’t want to get into the details of global affairs and what our opinions are of those affairs. Try to keep your sharing in alignment with the weekly topics.
If we feel the need to speak to how we relate to what’s happening in our lives, then that’s beautiful. In that case, please use “I” statements. For example, when I see what’s happening in the world in regard to _______, I experience feelings of __________ (name a feeling) and I notice that I have thoughts of ____________.
The 5 Principles of the Huddle
We’re pretty excited about what we’re creating in the Huddle. If there’s anything you’d like to see or if you have questions, please post them or get in touch.
These five principles are the bedrock of the huddle.
Clarity – The principle of clarity is to practice honesty. No one is perfect, nor do we always uphold our ideals. What matters most is that we are willing to self-reflect and to practice honesty in all our affairs.
Courage – Behaving in congruence with the principle of honesty takes courage. Not only to look at ourselves, but also to empathize with others when they act in undesirable ways. Are we willing to look in the mirror and ask ourselves the difficult questions that ensure we look within ourselves for how we can make a difference or to be of service to others.
Creativity – Is one of our inherent qualities. By practicing clarity and courage, we open ourselves and encourage our greatest potential to emerge. We can play in the joy and ease of creativity while simultaneously being a living example of the world we want to create.
Constancy – Allowing the inevitable pains and challenges of life to run their course takes patience and perseverance, the two ingredients in constancy. It is simple to say we want to adhere to a value system, although it is not easy. This principle can sustain our commitment to walking the path and it can provide us with solid and fertile soil to grow the fruits of our actions.
Compassion – (haven’t worded this one yet!)
If you can agree to follow these guidelines, then that’s great! We hope you enjoy participating in the huddle.
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